Complete Guide to buy Japanese Themed Christmas Gifts
Updated: Dec 14, 2022
Christmas time is already near. I am sure you have began Christmas shopping for this year. Each year, people ask me where they can find Japanese things to buy for their friends and family. So here is my favorite places to shop in Brisbane.
West End Kazuyo's Collection Location: Ground Floor/195 B Boundary St, West End QLD 4101 Open: Mon.-Fri. 9:30-17:00, Sat. 9:00 -16:15, Sun. 9:00 -13:00 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kimonofrog/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kazuyoscollection/
At Kazuyo's collection, the owner Kazuyo and her curator gather hand made products made by local and overseas Japanese artists, and local artists of Brisbane. From Kimono remake products to character designed T-shirts, you will find little things that you might like those includes but not limited to Christmas cards, book marks, bags, masks, broches, Christmas wreath, accessories, cups, mugs, coaster, T-shirts, daily wear, felt toys, Japanese prints, pictures etc.
Hanasho Location: 235 Boundary St, West End QLD 4101 Open: Mon. - Fri. 9:00 - 17:30, Sat. 9:00 - 15:00 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hanasho.flowerart/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hanasho_flower_and_art/
This shop is located in the middle of hill on Boundary St. The owner Hiroaki Eba is an experienced florist from Tokyo and also ceramic artist of mini vases. You will also find beautiful ceramics made by other local ceramic artists and also from Japanese pottery. There are many selection of vase to choose from the mini vase to the large ones as well. You will also find plant themed art works and small goods such as cards, accessories, home decorations and of course beautiful fresh flowers.
From Japan Only Location: Empire Revival, 167 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington QLD 4064 Open: Mon. - Sat. 9:00 - 17:00, Sun. 9:00 - 16:00 Website: https://www.fromjapanonly.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fromjapanonly.com.au/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/from_japan_only/?hl=en
This shop is definitely for Kimono and Japanese antique lovers. You will find antique Kimono, Obi, Handbags, accessories, ornaments all from Japan. This little shop is packed with the love for Japanese antiques of the owner Mikiko.
Kent Florist by Miko Inoue Location: Empire Revival, 167 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington QLD 4064 Open: Mon. - Sat. 9:00 - 17:00, Sun. 9:00 - 16:00 Website: http://www.kent-florist.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KentFlorist/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kent_florist_by_mikiko_inoue/ Event Brite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/kent-florist-11244313050
If you visit From Japan Only in Empire Revival, this shop is on the same floor at the left from the casher. Very experienced and talented Japanese florist Mikiko creates beautiful and interesting live plant art such as Kokedama (Moss Ball), Miniature Japanese Garden, Terrarium, bonsai and some dry or preserved plants art such as Herbarium, Christmas wreath etc. You can also make your own at her very popular workshops.
Mountain River Patteserie
Location: 84 Mango st, Runcorn, QLD 4113 Open: TUE - SUN: 8:00 - 15:00 (dine in last order 14:30) After-hour takeaway/pick up:
TUE - SAT: 15:30 pm - 17:30pm Website: https://www.mountainriverpatisserie.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mountainriverpatisserie/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mountainriver_patisserie/
Very popular Patteserie owned by super talented husband and wife. They turn the best flavours from the memories they have tasted travelling the world into their unique creations and wows the customers. My favourite is Hojicya Honey Sponge Cake and Souffle Cheesecake.
They also stock fine quality matcha selections from Kyoto, Japan, handmade tea bowls by Brisbane based ceramic artist, bamboo whisks, whisk rest, bamboo tea spoons, and cloth that you need to enjoy own tea ceremony at home.
You can also find other nice selection of Japanese tea including special Genmai tea for Christmas and Obuku tea for the new year, unique selections of hand made accessories, dried flower bouquet and Kokedama (moss ball), and incense to purify the air and your mind.
Namiya Japan Location: Shop 1005, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre , Level 1,322 Moggill Rd, Indooroopilly
Location: Shop15C, Sunnybank Plaza , 358 Mains Rd, Sunnybank Website: https://namiyajapan.com.au/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/namiyakitchen/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/namiyajapan/
When you visit the shop, you will feel like that you are in the table ware shop in Japan. You can get chop sticks, bowls, tea wear and cups, sake set and variety of fine teas from LUPICIA which is popular flavoured tea brand in Japan. Some of their tea comes in beautiful tin, so it is nice to look at and easy to keep the quality of the tea.
https://www.instagram.com/odaya_tea/?hl=ja Next to Namiya Japan, you find Japanese tea shop. They have great selection of Japanese tea including variety of hojicya, sencha, genmancha etc. You can mix and match the gift set with tea tin, tea, sweets etc.
If you can not find anything you like, how about nice Japanese liquor or Binchotan charcoal griller for yakitori? They can be found either at Genki Mart or Fuji Mart.
Genki Mart https://genkimart.com.au/ CBD: 123 Charlotte St, Brisbane City QLD 4000 Open: Mon. - Fri.10:30 - 19:00 , Sat. & Sun. 10:00 - 18:00 Alderley: 3/24 S Pine Rd, Alderley QLD 4051
Open: Mon. - Sat. 9:00 - 19:00, Sun. 10:00 - 18:00 Tarragindi : 8 Denham Terrace, Tarragindi QLD 4121 Open: Mon. - Sat. 9:00 - 18:30, Sun. 10:00 - 17:00
Fuji Mart https://www.junpacific.com/fujimartbri/
264 Ipswich Rd, Woolloongabba QLD 4102
Open Mon. - Fri. 9:30 - 17:30, Sat. 9:30 - 17:00, Sun. 10:00 - 16:00
Lastly, during this time of the year, some people choose to give gift of experiences which can be purchased through us.
The Brisbane Japanese Language and Culture School Workshop Location: Face to Face: Shop 6, 29 Samford Road, Alderley Order Online: https://www.brisbanejapaneseschool.com/enrolment
You can purchase the credit towards any of our language courses and cultural experiences. You can choose your own price from $55 to unlimited.
Have a happy festive shopping!